2013 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse
By Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse
2013 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
In the exceptional tapestry of Saint-Émilion wines lies the 2013 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse - a vintage that carries its narrative with a finesse begotten of challenging conditions. While Bordeaux encountered hurdles during the 2013 growing season, our subject surmounts these with a performance noteworthy in resilience and charm.
The Elegance of Endeavour: A Triumph Over Trials
The conditions that graced Bordeaux in 2013 were less than ideal, leading many vignerons on a meticulous quest to coax out the best from their parcels. The cooler-than-average temperatures and bouts of dampness crafted an environment where perseverance was key. However, this particular offering from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse demonstrates how skilled hands and judicious selection can achieve elegance even when nature is unruly.
Climatic Nuance, Artistic Expression
Even in its youth, the 2013 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse exhibited a composure remarkable for such tender years – a portent for those who secured allocations. Today, the wine embodies an ornate display of cherries and truffle, commingled with a refined earthiness characteristic of Saint-Émilion terroir. The precision in tannins suggests meticulous care in aging and vinification, lending structure to what could otherwise have been an ephemeral experience.
Discerning collectors who invested in this 2013 vintage will now find a maturity evolving; plummy depths are surfacing beneath the initial red fruit facade. This emergence of complexity adds another layer to an investment-grade wine – one that has navigated its journey from challenging climes to enticing evolution with admirable grace.
An Oenophilic Odyssey: Investment Meets Indulgence
The journey of discovering the essences encapsulated within this bottle aligns with what connoisseurs crave - an experiential odyssey through palate and time. For investors, the 2013 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse remains an astute choice; it represents not only the gallant efforts of Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse but also stands as testament to balance and sophistication achieved amidst adversity.
For those who seek to elevate their collection or investment portfolio, this 2013 vintage offers not only pleasure but also a narrative of triumph – one ready for uncorking or further cellaring as it continues to enthral and appreciate.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2013 Beauséjour (Duffau Lagarrosse) offers impressive intensity given the growing season with crisp and pure dark cherries, raspberry coulis and subtle earthy bordering upon loamy scents. The oak here is nicely enmeshed and attests some clever winemaking in this challenging season. The palate is well balanced with a little chewiness on the entry. There is admirable weight here, even if I discerned more finesse and precision on the 2013 Pavie-Macquin. Still, this constitutes a sterling effort and it should give 10 to 15 years of pleasure, possibly longer.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016